CoronaVirus - Health Information

CoronaVirus - Health Information

2019-ncov-factsheet (1).pdf 

CoronaVirus - Health Information (3/12/20)

The Leavenworth Unified School District has maintained regular communications with the Leavenworth County Health Department and also received health-related updates and guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Centers for Disease Control; with education-specific recommendations coming from the Kansas Association of School Boards and Kansas State Department of Education (including an online briefing from the Commissioner of Education today at noon). 


To date, there have been no confirmed cases of a positive COVID-19 test in Leavenworth Public Schools, or Leavenworth County.  Following scheduled days off for students this Friday, and all of next week, we are actively planning on the return of students and staff on Monday, March 23, as previously scheduled.


It is important to note while there have been widely reported significant cancellations or suspension of events on the east and west coasts, and by professional sports leagues and colleges, the same risk factors for making those decisions have not yet been presented for Kansas school districts. While the President, Governor, and state or county health agency can make the decision to close schools at any time, closures made independently by a local school board or Superintendent will result in make-up days to meet mandated student attendance requirements.  School districts would have up until June 30 to complete all requirements for the 2019-20 school year.    


If a USD 453 student or staff member were to receive a positive testing for COVID-19, KDHE will contact the affected site and provide guidelines for the school nurse and recommendations for building administration.  We have received no confirmation of any positive tests from within our school community.


Any child/student that appears ill with symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be sent to the school nurse to be medically assessed.  Nurses are directed to follow established guidelines for isolation for any student with a temperature of 100 or above, or cough with shortness of breath.  Those guidelines include having the student wear a mask while waiting to be picked up by a guardian or emergency point of contact. The student will be kept in the office and away from other students (social distancing of six feet apart), or isolated in the office with the nurse, if space does not allow us to keep students safely apart.  This means the nurse's office may be off-limits to other students during an instance of isolation. Parents/guardians will be informed that their child may not return to school until their student is fever free for 24 hours, without medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. In short, if a student or staff member is symptomatic (fever of over 100 or cough/shortness of breath), they should stay home from work/school.         


Custodial staff have prioritized the cleaning of all high-traffic and touch surfaces (e.g. cafeteria, restrooms, common spaces, door handles, etc.) during the cold and flu season.  With school out of session next week, the Facilities Department will conduct a thorough cleaning of buildings using a variety of approved hospital-grade cleaning agents. This includes products with a high disinfection rate.  They will maintain cleaning protocols throughout the remainder of the year. Additionally, flyers and stickers have been displayed at all school sites promoting healthy hygiene and hand washing to prevent the spread of germs. If a student or staff member is leaving the country for international travel, they are encouraged to report to the Leavenworth County Health Department upon their return to seek guidance or request a medical assessment.   


Our district administration and teaching and learning teams have been researching and developing online learning models that could be conducted remotely during a temporary school closure; however, we do not believe this educational delivery model would satisfy the State Department of Education’s daily attendance requirements.  Any decisions regarding e-learning would be made in collaboration with our teaching staff. Communications would be sent home to families with directions and guidance to effectively support any suggested home-learning.   


Any decisions to make adjustments to our school calendar, including the potential for cancellation of scheduled events and activities, will be shared through the official USD 453 channels of communication that keep our staff and families informed (e.g. web, auto-dialer, email, social media).  Thank you to all for your collective patience and understanding as we continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and provide updates as anything changes within the Leavenworth school community.


Preventative Measures

The virus can spread through the air by coughing and sneezing or direct contact with an infected person. It can also spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes before washing hands.

Simple everyday healthy habits will help prevent the spread of illnesses. Follow basic prevention guidelines to reduce the risk of many respiratory infections, including the new coronavirus and the flu.

To help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Practice proper cough/sneeze etiquette
  • Contact your physician if you are feeling ill. 

 

You may find more information (attached) and online at www.cdc.gov or www.kdheks.gov. Please contact your school nurse, the local health department at 913-250-2000, or your family’s health care provider with any questions.